Here I am, in cold wet Scotland, my new home. As many of you know, my husband is a recently ordained priest of The Christian Community, the Movement for Religious Renewal inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner. His first assignment was for 6 months in a large church in Stroud, England. Now we are in our permanent (as permanent as these things ever are) home in Scotland.
These last 6 plus months have been a time of renewal, readjustment and reflection for me. Not only did I leave Wisconsin where I had lived quite content for the last 12-odd years, but I have now returned to the UK, where I had met my husband many years ago, where we had lived for many years and where our sons were born. I have also faced the reality of being a “empty nester”, as our sons, now 21 and 19 have left home, one to live in the UK, the other to live in the US.
Other changes for me during this time were my 50th birthday and big questions about the next phase of my life. Though my husband is the ordained one, I am also deeply involved with our church and have many thoughts about what direction that will lead me in. I have considered returning to teaching – maybe in a Waldorf school or perhaps in the public sector. Or maybe I could be a youth worker again – which was where I originally started and where, I think, I am able to be so flexible in my approach to working with children. When one is a youth worker, one never knows what the day will bring. I have worked on several city farms in this capacity and one would never know how many children would turn up, what their ages would be and what their needs would be. Factor in working outdoors, with all the possibilities that the weather, loose animals, the arrival of the blacksmith, a fence needing mending and so on might bring…..very exciting work!
So I could do that….and there is a city farm not far from where I live….and there is a Waldorf school where I could perhaps teach. Perhaps I could set up a parent/toddler group like the one I ran almost 20 years ago in Sheffield, England. Or run parent education workshops. I could focus on homeschoolers – the movement is pretty small here in the UK but it exists. Or what about at-risk teens? I worked with delinquent girls in a group home (last stop before jail) in Wisconsin. That was amazing work and there’s always a need there…
So many possibilities. Oh – and what about Christopherus? Ah yes, my dear Christopherus. Well, these last months I have not written a word for Christopherus – not for the website, not a jot for a new or revised book. I have been on sabbatical, having a bit of a rest. As Christopherus Homeschool Resources is 10 years old this spring, I felt that this was a well-deserved rest. Ten years! Can you believe it? Wow. And I know that some of you out there, some of you dear people are “old timers” from those days, perhaps old members of WE-HS and then the former Christopherus yahoo group. Many of you have had children who have grown up with Christopherus. And what a privilege for me it has been to create materials for your use, to aid you on your homeschool journey.
But things do change. I no longer homeschool. And I haven’t done much teaching in the last couple of years (although I will have two 10th graders here from Wisconsin this spring who I will be teaching “The Geography, History and Literature of Scotland” – stay tuned for those adventures which I will share with you!)
Back to Christopherus. Aside from the fact that I have been invisible and incommunicado these past months, none of you will most likely have noticed that anything has changed here (and I say “here” rather loosely!). This is due to the formidable skills of Leigh Anders, Leigh-in-the-office, as she is known (well, to some of us…). Leigh has ensured that everything has run smoothly, that customers get the help they need, that books are sold, the website runs smoothly, bills are paid…..and so on and so forth.
Leigh will continue to run Christopherus Central, from our home base in Viroqua, as always. And I will, slowly, slowly, get back into things. I am planning on updating a number of publications and writing a few new ones. There will be more from me in the monthly newsletter, The Homeschool Journey. And we’ll see what else happens!
So for now, I wish you all the best and hope that your Fall term has begun well and that Christopherus, as always, can continue to provide help and support for your homeschooling and parenting needs!
Blessings on your homeschool journey,